Monday, July 19, 2010
It feels strange to be reading and writing about Halloween mid-summer. Autumn is my favorite season and I'm so easily sucked in by Bob Kolar's illustrations while flipping through this book. Three pages in I'm longing for jack-o-lanterns, piles of crunchy leaves and the challenge of deciding on the perfect costumes for the kiddos. I have to shake it off - it's only July!
Naturally, all alphabet books begin with the letter A. What if A isn't ready? If it's a Halloween book, then H can start the show. But what is A still isn't ready?? Then it becomes an alphabet free for all. Letters are being introduced willy-nilly with little preparation, even with Z trying to restore some order. P is for pirate, but B is miffed because that was his costume for buccaneer.
When Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First was published four years ago, it was received with cheers and glowing reviews. The same will certainly be true for this Halloween edition. Bob Kolar's illustrations are bright and wonderful - they make the alphabet come alive! Like the preceding book, the letters run along the bottom of the page, so readers can keep track of those that have appeared and which ones are still waiting in the wings. By the time A puts in an appearance as apple, three quarters of the alphabet is already filled in. Kids like to keep track of these sorts of things, you know.
Side note: I like Bob Kolar's blog post, where he admits he still gets nervous when his book debuts. I guess that proves all his success hasn't gone to his head.
Review copy provided by Candlewick Press.